Pronunciator for Learning a new Language

PronunciatorThe library has just added Pronunciator to its lineup of online resources. Pronunciator is a language learning website, which runs on just about any computer or device. On a computer you’ll need a browser with a recent version of Java and Flash, speakers and a microphone.

Simply go to the library homepage and choose “Articles and Electronic Resources.”  Pronunciator is under “Literature, Languages, and Humanities.” At the Pronunciator homepage you’re prompted to provide an email address. When you do, it assigns you a student name and password. (Write these down.)

From there, select your native language and which language you want to learn. You can learn any of 80 languages. You don’t have to be a native English speaker to use Pronunciator: the software can provide instruction based in any of 50 languages.

Some languages’ courses are more extensive than others. For example, there are many learning modules for English speakers who want to learn Spanish, but far fewer for English speakers learning Azerbaijani. Every language option includes stock phrases (in categories such as “Absolutely Essential Expressions,” “Romance” and “Airport”). Some languages provide intermediate and advanced lessons as well as grammar and culture notes. Use Drills to practice listening, speaking, reading and writing. Use Quizzes to track what you’ve learned. Use Audio to download lessons and practice offline. One great feature of Pronunciator is that it can “listen” to your pronunciation and let you know how you’re doing!

If the user interface for Pronunciator is not intuitive, there is also a very thorough User Guide available.

So, check out Pronunciator and start learning a new language today!


New DVDs!

We have some great new DVDs in our collection! These and others can be checked out for one week at a time.

Click on an image for more details, and ask a librarian if you’d like to take one of these titles home or if you want help finding other great videos.

NC LIVE’s Home Grown eBook Project

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Sample ebooks from the collection

NC LIVE, North Carolina’s statewide library consortium, is experimenting with a new eBook project that gives North Carolina library patrons unlimited access to more than 1,200 eBook titles from North Carolina-based publishers. This collection offers a wide range of content, including novels by popular North Carolina authors, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction. The eBooks are available for public use on the BiblioBoard platform from featuring titles like Guests on Earth by Lee Smith and North Carolina and Old Salem Cookery by Beth Tartan, among many others.

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NC LIVE’s Homegrown ebook collection interface

NC LIVE partnered with eight local publishing houses to purchase the eBooks, including Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (an imprint of Workman Books), Crossroad Press, Gryphon House, Ingalls Publishing Group, John F. Blair Publishing, McFarland, Press 53, and UNC Press. Unlike traditional library eBooks, this collection features always available, unlimited simultaneous user access during the life of the pilot, meaning patrons will not have to place a hold or wait for an eBook to become available. Additionally, the BiblioBoard platform allows users to view the eBooks in a web browser or download them to their tablet devices via the BiblioBoard Library app.

Explore the homegrown ebook collection today!

Happy Election Day!

For a bit of background history on why elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, see this article on NPR.

Title against bright yellow backgroundDuring the 2008 elections Nate Silver began making a name for himself by using statistics to more accurately predict election results. The library has a copy of his book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail But Some Don’t, available under call number CB 158 .S54 2012. The book provides a fascinating look into why numbers used in elections, sports statistics, weather forecasting, and even big events like the financial crash aren’t always accurate or reflecting what we think they are.

In honor of Election Day, here are some ebooks from our collection, which you can read online or download to a device:

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 American Political Parties and Elections : A Very Short Introduction by Maisel, L. Sandy (ebook!)





A pink piggy bank in the middle of a green cover  Are Elections for Sale? by Joel Rogers





Photograph of someone votingThe Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding America’s Right to Vote by Tova Wang. (Available as an ebook through the link or as a physical book in our collection under call number JK 1976 .W36 2012)




Cover laid out like the front page of a newspaper The Myth of Voter Fraud by Lorraine Minnite (ebook!)





To find more ebooks, search the ebrary collection, which you can access from the library page noting it and other database collections.